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WED 4:15 - 7:05 pm ONLINE

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This course will be taught entirely online via Zoom.

This course focuses on the acquisition of professional skills necessary to perform two separate roles in the mediation process: legal advocate and mediator. During the course, students will learn the social and political bases for the development of alternative dispute resolution procedures; become familiar with different models of negotiation and mediation; study the legislation that regulates the practice of mediation, especially in Texas courts; increase awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses in communication and negotiation and improve those skills; acquire advocacy skills for representing clients in mediation; acquire the essential skills necessary to mediate interpersonal and legal disputes; and develop a framework for making ethical decisions as a legal advocate or mediator in the mediation process. Students will read textbooks, participate in negotiation and mediation role plays, complete exercises designed to enhance communication and negotiation skills, and prepare a reflective journal. The course is designed to fulfill the statutory minimum requirements in Texas for a basic training course in dispute resolution techniques.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Mediation: The Roles of Advocate and Neutral *
Golan & Folberg
Wolters Kluwer , edition: 3rd
ISBN: 978-1-4548-5205-6
Getting to Yes *
Roger Fisher et al.
Penguin Press , edition: 3rd
ISBN: 9781101539545
Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory Interpretive Guide *
Mitchell R. Hammer
Hammer Consulting LLC , edition: latest
Style Matters: The Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory *
Kraybill, Ron
Riverhouse ePress , edition: latest
ISBN: center@riverhouseepr


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
10/07/2020 Experiential credit changed
Exam information updated